Patric Young led the way for the Gators on Tuesday, in part because of an ankle injury that sent Kenny Boynton to the locker room early.
Florida's shooting was off all night. Florida's best offensive player was helped off the court midway through the second half. And it didn't matter, because the Gators' defense stepped up yet again early in the 2012-13 season to secure a 58-40 win over Savannah State.
Patric Young led Florida with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and a career-high six blocks, and Mike Rosario chipped in 13 points of his own and two steals. Erik Murphy joined Young and Rosario in double figures with 10 points, and had five rebounds, but his shot was off early before he recovered to make two of five threes.
Boynton scored five points in 24 minutes, and would likely have made that eight had he not been called for a (terrible) charge on the play that saw him turn his ankle on a Savannah State player's foot. Boynton had to be helped off the court, and headed to the locker room twice during the second half before eventually returning to the bench but not the game.
In a postgame interview, Florida coach Billy Donovan said Boynton "was capable of going back into the game," according to the Gators' athletic trainer, adding "We held him out." Donovan also said he doesn't anticipate Boynton missing any games.
That's good: Florida, which improved to 4-0, won't play again until Friday against UCF, but it could certainly use Boynton's stellar perimeter defense against the Knights, a team in the top 100 in offensive efficiency so far this year.
As for how Boynton feels, he tweeted this moments before the game ended.
Smh— K.B (@K_Boynton1) November 21, 2012